Brave Upwell Teenager Annie Fowler Speaks Out To Raise Awareness Of ME

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By KentOnline reporter in Lynn News.

 

An Upwell teenager has spoken out about her fight with a debilitating illness that has left her on daily medication and with no energy.

Annie Fowler, 15, has ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) a chronic fluctuating neurological condition which affects around 20,000 young people in the UK.

She is sharing her story as part of Action for ME’s 2018 ME Awareness Month campaign, This is ME.

Annie said: “Before ME I was fun, I was bubbly and I felt normal. I wasn’t consistently worried about doing too much, I didn’t have to take medication every day to help my symptoms, or explain to my friends why I couldn’t do something.

“I knew that the possibilities for me were endless and I could do anything I wanted. I had my whole future planned out. But now it’s not as clear.”

One of the most common issues of ME is long-term school absence. It can affect anyone, of any age, at any time – and in different ways. Even in its so-called mildest form, ME changes the lives of everyone it affects, and not just their health.

“Life is very different now,” explains Annie. “I can’t do as much as I used to, I constantly have to watch what I do. I don’t have an appetite like I did.

 

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